Centre Defends internet restrictions in J&K


2G is enough for e-learning and public health services, said the government.

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Jammu, Sep 21: Central Government defended the throttling of internet speed in J&K in the parliament on Sunday, saying that internet restrictions in J&K are in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, reported NDTV.

The government stated that 2G speed is enough for digital education and public health services, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The internet services are already available in Kashmir on fixed line and that too without any speed restrictions as well as 2G speed mobile data services are also operational since 24th January 2020. Restrictions on accessing social media sites have also been lifted from March onwards,” Minister of State for Home GK Reddy informed Lok Sabha in a written reply.

Reddy also informed the Parliament that “The 2G mobile internet speed is not an impediment in Covid control measures including dissemination of information to general public as well as health workers.” He also stated that E-learning apps and education and e-learning websites of the government are accessible over 2G internet for downloading e-books and other study material.

He further added that high-speed 4G mobile data services have started in Ganderbal and Udhampur districts of the state. Mobile internet services remain throttled in most of Jammu and Kashmir to very slow speeds to stop the spread of misinformation and terrorists from abusing the networks, the administration says.

The government imposed a communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir last year as it revoked its special status and divided it into two union territories.


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